Innovation & Industry

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Europe’s ‘unicorns’ awarded thousands of euros to boost innovation

Europe’s most innovative start-ups include a belt that tells you where to go, lego-like modular solar panels, and smart chemicals that give wood a second life. But ‘unicorn’ companies are a rare species in Europe: EURACTIV went to Budapest to learn what the EU does to breed more of them.

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Economy & Jobs 18-10-2017

The engineering industry is critical to EU and UK

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Brexit poses three important challenges for the engineering industry: customs handling, differing standards, and restrictions for posted workers.

Global Europe 17-10-2017

It’s high time Macron or Juncker gave a speech at ESA

Europe’s leaders need to set forth the threats to Europe that could come from failure to exercise space leadership. Vidvuds Beldavs suggests what Emmanuel Macron or Jean-Claude Juncker could say to take Europe to the forefront of space exploration.

Digital 13-10-2017

Zurich boss: ‘We need to look at protection, savings and retirement together’

Amid growing social inequalities and the digital transformation of the economy, Zurich’s Gary Shaughnessy believes public officials, employers and insurers should all cooperate to provide protection to the most vulnerable groups.

Electric cars 12-10-2017

European battery alliance launched in Brussels

The European Commission hosted auto, chemical and engineering executives in Brussels yesterday (11 October) to develop battery manufacturing in the EU to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.

Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Cross-border mobility of companies: ‘Real seat’ vs ‘incorporation’

EU member states have adopted contrasting approaches to the cross-border mobility of companies, with some insisting on “real” economic activity and others happy to consider the legally-registered office instead. How the EU eventually decides could have important implications, writes Corrado Malberti.

Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.

Economy & Jobs 03-10-2017

Jourova: EU rules on company seat transfers means savings for business

European firms could save millions in start-up and merger costs if they could use EU rules on cross-border transfer of registered office, says Věra Jourová, adding the saved money would be better invested in jobs, innovation and growth.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

EU eyes corporate rules shake-up with law on seat transfer

The European Commission is preparing a new directive on the cross-border transfer of company seats, a move that could have far-reaching implications for other areas of corporate governance, including tax planning and cross-border mergers, EURACTIV has learned.

Digital 02-10-2017

EU law goes digital

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Legal practitioners have so far stayed relatively immune from the digital revolution. But the situation is starting to evolve as technology issues enter the courtroom – from privacy protection to company law.

Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Tax fight draws divisions at EU digital summit

Supporters of a controversial new push to tax tech giants insist they will overcome fierce opposition from a group of around 10 member states.

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Electric cars 27-09-2017

Bieńkowska: ‘What we want from Volkswagen is a different approach’

The car sector is keeping EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska busy. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, the Polish official spoke frankly about carmaker responsibility following the Dieselgate scandal, how to deal with Uber and how Brussels-Warsaw relations might not improve.

Railways 27-09-2017

Alstom, Siemens merge to create new European rail champion

The maker of France's TGV trains announced Tuesday (26 September) a "merger of equals" with German industrial leader Siemens in a giant and politically tricky deal to create a new European rail champion.

Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

An Erasmus for SMEs to support the economy

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Click here to download this Special Report. Building on the success of a first pilot project, the European Commission and SMEs explore the idea of a mobility programme to increase companies’ exports.

Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

Europe needs an Erasmus for SMEs

The European project MobiliseSME showed the potential of a cross-border exchange program for small and medium-sized businesses in Europe. It is now important that this idea is continued with an Erasmus for SMEs, so to help European companies make the best of the Single Market, writes Stefan Moritz.

Future of mobility 22-09-2017

London bans Uber over ‘public safety and security’ record

London’s transport authority has revoked the operating licence for ride-hailing app Uber over the American company’s attitude to customer safety and “lack of corporate responsibility”.

Economy & Jobs 21-09-2017

Don’t protect us from doing business!

It’s always a pleasure to be praised as strategically important. But when looking at the European Commission’s current proposal for screening foreign direct investments, many entrepreneurs ask: what is the strategy? Thilo Brodtmann explains.

Development Policy 18-09-2017

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa

Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip debriefed EURACTIV.com following a recent meeting of the EU ministers responsible for development in Tallinn, where “Digital for development” was one of the agenda items.

Economy & Jobs 18-09-2017

Commission ignores calls for objectives in new industrial strategy

The European Commission did not include new strategic objectives and targets in its industrial package unveiled on Monday (18 September), stressing instead that a master plan already exists for European industry.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Digital revolution forces rethink of labour and welfare

The transformation of jobs in the digital era will force governments to review their welfare systems and workers to constantly update their skills, senior European officials, experts and ministers agreed during a conference held in the Estonian capital Tallinn this week.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Bütikofer: ‘The priority to support additive manufacturing is financing research’

Reinhard Bütikofer is one of the most authoritative voices in the European Parliament on 3D printing. In his view, Europe will have to struggle over the next decade to be a leader in industry, and will get there only if it turns research efforts into innovative results.

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

German minister: ‘Platforms have to pay social security in the future’

Thorben Albrecht is responsible for addressing the impact of the digital revolution on the labour sector and preparing Germany workers for the future. The minister presented his Work 4.0 white paper at the Future of Work conference hosted by Estonia’s rotating presidency of the EU.

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

FP9: An unmissable chance to boost European additive manufacturing industry

The new EU Framework Programme offers an unmissable opportunity to step up public research investment in additive manufacturing/3D printing. Let’s make the most out of this key technology for Europe’s future, writes Filip Geerts.

Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

Additive manufacturing, engine of industrial revival

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Click here to download this Special Report. As the European industry struggles to maintain a leading position in the digital era, the sector and legislators call for continuous support to ensure that key technologies such as additive manufacturing could contribute to Europe's industrial renaissance.